Kids and teens today are using the immense power of digital media to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined. With this power, young people have extraordinary opportunities, and yet they face potential pitfalls, too. Meanwhile, schools are dealing with the associated ramifications — like cyberbullying, digital cheating, and safety and security concerns. These issues underscore the need for students to learn — and for teachers to teach — digital literacy and citizenship skills. Common Sense Education’s FREE Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum empowers students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. These 21st-century skills are essential for students to harness the full potential of technology for learning. 

    Digital Citizenship Resources

    Professor Garfield - Online Safety (Updated Version 1/31/18)  is a comic book style story based app that follows Nermal through a scenario of being cyberbullied when he tries out for the "Animal Idol" competition. Using a "try" and "apply" interactive section, the user gains insight into the meaning of cyberbullying, recognizing different forms of cyberbullying, learning different strategies for dealing with a cyberbully. Students can learn the importance of enlisting the help of a trusted adult when cyberbullied. 
    Devices - iPad

    Netsmartz Workshop is provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The site houses resources for parents and educators. There are also games based on internet safety for students in the "kids" section. (Elementary-Middle school). There are Tweens and Teens sections with age appropriate activities and concepts that target bullying and social media. 

    InCtrl is a digital citizenship platform for grades 4-8 that offers standards based lessons and interactive resources for educators. Topics also include communication, collaboration, copyright/ethics and information literacy.

    Common Sense Media - Digital Citizenship Curriculum has a full scope and sequence for K-12 that includes not only online interactive resources (3 grade level bands) but paper-pencil as well. Included are parent resources and connections in English and Spanish. Professional Development modules are also included on this platform to assist in a schoolwide deployment. However, this site can easily be used by a single educator to develop a good online presence in the classroom.

    Kentucky Digital Driver's License  is open to any state, students, and teachers. Visitors register for an account and get their Digital Driver's License. (School and district connections are restricted to Kentucky educators, however this does not limit the accessibility.) Students go through the course to earn their license in various levels of citizenship responsibilities. 

    Interland online internet safety ​program from GOOGLE. Launched in 2017 this interactive game takes players through making decision online about personal information, fake news, securing secrets, cyberbullying, and how to talk it out with an adult. In addition to the online game there are many resources for teachers and parent located here - Be Internet Awesome.